Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and league athletic directors will meet today in Chicago to discuss a playoff, our colleague Teddy Greenstein from the Chicago Tribune writes. A four-team playoff appears imminent. But issues need to ironed out before a playoff can begin with the 2014 season. Chief among them: 1. How to pick the teams. 2. Where to play the games. In this post I look at that story and some others, including a few bowl tidbits in Tuesday’s Big Ten links (full archive here). Football news and lovely weather. Isn’t life good?
ESPN released the pairings for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday afternoon. The Big Ten has won the past three events, including a resounding 8-4 victory last season, this after losing each of the first 10 years. The 12-game Challenge will be played Nov. 27-28 this season. Check out all the matchups, get your Challenge history and see BTN.com Brent Yarina’s predictions in this post.
The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Softball Players of the Week for May 7-13 on Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.
Two Big Ten women’s lacrosse teams advanced in the NCAA Tournament this weekend and both play again on Saturday for a spot in the Final Four. Northwestern beat Notre Dame 12-7 and Penn State knocked off Towson15-8. The Northwestern-Notre Dame game will re-air on BTN today at 5:30 p.m. ET and Saturday’s quarterfinals game against Duke will air live on BTN and BTN2Go at 8 p.m. ET.
Two Big Ten teams were selected to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship field, the NCAA selection committee announced Sunday. Five-time reigning Big Ten champ Michigan headlines the duo, while Northwestern earned an at-large berth into the tournament. Both teams begin competition Friday. View the NCAA interactive bracket.
Illinois and Ohio State’s men’s tennis teams and Michigan and Northwestern’s women’s teams advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships this weekend. Bookmark the men’s interactive bracket and the women’s bracket, plus read how each team advanced in this post.
Penn State baseball (27-24, 13-8) completed a weekend sweep with a 3-2 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to the win, Penn State remains one-half game behind Indiana for second place in the Big Ten. Senior Jordan Steranka led the way with three hits, two of which were doubles and one of those doubles scoring senior Joey DeBernardis. Read full recap at GoPSUSports.com, watch our highlights now and get our Sunday roundup in this post.